Childbirth is a legendary thing. With 9 months of preparation and built-up excitement, one is bound to get into a bit of a tizzy when the due date draws in. There are probably one thousand questions and concerns running through your head, like, how painful is this going to be? Will my baby be okay? Will I be okay? And… It’s okay to admit it… What on earth is everyone in the room going to think of my birth face? Some ladies run a bath, play some Mozart and get some aromatherapy going to calm their nerves; others are slapping on some makeup before giving birth.
This new trend is nothing to be ashamed of, and it is more common than you think. How many of you would pop down to the shops without mascara on, let alone allowing strangers to see you in your most natural and vulnerable state? Lamaze classes teach you how to be confident in your ability to give birth, but if doing makeup before giving birth makes you feel good, and that gives you more strength, then who is anyone to judge?
Having beautiful Instagram photos is the new norm, so it is not surprising that certain makeup vloggers and influencers on all things to do with beauty took to the trend insta-ntly (yes, pun intended). Good on them for normalizing something other people might scoff at, even if it is doing their makeup before giving birth. You might be accused of being brainwashed by the media for feeling like you have to look good only moments after birthing your baby. Other women might appreciate having something else to focus on in between contractions. There is nothing more normal than wanting a distraction from intense pain. So, regardless of what your distraction is, you do you, boo!
Lee Ann Jarrel, a beauty blogger, graced her fans with these images before her labor. Complete with a sassy caption, “Contractions? Highlight that b****”.
Alaha only packed her favorite products to apply her makeup before giving birth.
Make sure you have your ‘nurse’ at hand to hold your brushes.